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In today’s competitive and highly volatile energy markets, it is imperative that oil and gas companies optimize their exploration and production activities. Fast decisions, facilitated by instant data and voice communications, are keys to sustained revenue generation and cost reduction.

Much of today’s oil and natural gas production occurs in largely remote areas of the world beyond the economic range of traditional wired communications. Oil and gas companies must regularly collect critical data from remote well sites, offshore drilling platforms, and outlying production locations, and from SCADA systems set up to monitor facilities, such as storage tanks, pumping stations, or pipelines. Company personnel require high-speed voice and fax services, email and web browsing (e.g. training). Establishing the required broadband network links between multiple locations can be extremely difficult and cost-prohibitive, given that these activities generally occur where wireline links are not practical.

The answer to these business problems is EION’s wireless broadband access infrastructure. Providing flexible and reliable wireless connectivity not only ensures reliable data, voice, and video, but delivers a return on investment in short order – measurable by reduced costs and increased revenue, as well as peace of mind.

E-Field Solutions: EION at Work

Oil and gas companies have the opportunity to effectively break down obstacles presented by traditional wire-line networking technologies. EION’s provides wireless solutions for monitoring and controlling processes in the production, gathering, processing and delivery of energy products. By utilizing EION’s best-of-breed wireless broadband access systems, companies can now establish reliable site-to-site links, regardless of well or rig location, topography, and weather-related considerations.

Scalable Installation

With broadband wireless connectivity, networks can be quickly, easily and inexpensively modified to meet an enterprise’s changing needs. A broadband wireless network offers the flexibility to painlessly add or eliminate sites or to secure additional bandwidth by rearranging existing equipment or inserting additional nodes.

Well Site Monitoring & SCADA

Now more than ever the ability to monitor activity in a remote site is critical. Data from the well location such as wellhead measurements, gas pressures, flows, temperatures, and leakage monitoring are sent via the wireless network. Remote monitoring and control also allows users to control remote facilities in response to changing system demands. Quite often there are lower-production wells that must be monitored closely to obtain maximum production. Some well sites are many miles away from the closest monitoring facilities, making on-site data collection a costly and time-consuming operation. By utilizing remote site monitoring, the company is able to proactively address potential problem situations, reduce downtime and minimize costly repairs. Because they are no longer required to spend so much time on the road, field personnel are able to plan their schedules more efficiently.

Communication

Increasingly, data and voice communication is required between the remote locations and head offices to report on work status, dispatch supplies and repairs, report on-site emergencies, and transfer of geophysical data. The wireless solution that is used for SCADA can also be used for data and voice communication. Utilizing the network for Internet access, email, voice-over IP and database access can improve the decision-making abilities of the company and personnel in the field. This can save hundreds of hours, increase productivity and safety of workers in the field and provides the company with a competitive edge.

Security

Today organizations are striving to improve their security to protect critical infrastructure at the well site. Especially for companies with foreign production operations, it has become the norm for the oil and gas industry to heavily protect its assets and personnel from the risk of sabotage or even terrorism by keeping a constant eye on production facilities, especially if these facilities are remote. Broadband wireless technology products from EION provide oil and gas companies with solutions for remote surveillance and security. EION’s solution allows an unlimited number of video surveillance cameras to be deployed quickly, easily and cost-effectively in a new or expanded security system. This system can now deliver high-resolution, real-time video from remotely controlled security cameras to your central security office.

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Oil & Gas Products

StarPlus - 3 GHz

3.3-3.8 GHz MIMO Outdoor Base Station

StarPlus 3Gig is designed for fixed service provider and mission critical enterprise applications in the 3.x GHz licensed bands. The product is available in fixed point-to-multipoint or point-to-point topologies.

StarPlus 3Gig can be deployed in the North American 3.65 GHz lightly licensed band, or is configurable anywhere from 3.3 to 3.8 GHz for use in licensed bands worldwide. With channel sizes of 5, 10, 20 and 40 MHz the StarPlus 3Gig is capable of over the air data rates of up to 300 Mbps. By combining EION’s TrustLink™ Technology with MIMO operation, the StarPlus delivers truly unbeatable performance for the delivery of bandwidth intensive multimedia data.


StarPlus - 5 GHZ

HIGH-CAPACITY OUTDOOR MIMO WIRELESS PLATFORM FEATURING TRUSTLINK TECHNOLOGY

StarPlus is the next evolution of EION's popular LibraPlus product line redesigned to meet the needs of today's bandwidth hungry consumers. The StarPlus series of products is made up of base stations and cost effective subscriber stations capable of delivering throughputs of up to 300 Mbps. 

Trustlink is a proprietary protocol developed by EION Wireless. TrustLink is specifically designed for high-throughput outdoor, multimedia rich applications. It provides several advantages for outdoor wireless communication that improve factors such as interference avoidance, spectral efficiency and wireless security and adds Quality of Service.


 

StarAccess WiFi

WiFi Coverage, Everywhere

High-powered family of dual-band 2.4/5.8 GHz WiFi Access Points for ubiquitous coverage at data rates up to 300 Mbps. StarAccess integrates with StarPlus for seamless backhaul.

Key Product Features
  • Outdoor/Indoor APa support dual-band operation in 2.4 GHz & 5.8 GHz.

  • Support for IEEE802.11a/b/g/n client devices - up to 300 Mbps data rate per radio.

  • Dual-polarity MIMO (Multiple-In/Multiple Out) antenna with high receive sensitivity. Capable

  • of more than 3 km of WiFi coverage.

  • Ethernet bridging at Gigabit speeds to StarPlus for flexible backhaul options.

  • Variety of antenna options: SISO/MIMO in 60°, 90°,120° and 360° (Omni).

  • Total 8 SSIDs - Enable operators to create tiered services to different user or traffic types.

  • Remote software upgradable.

  • Ruggedized outdoor enclosure, IP67 option available for operation in harsh environmental conditions


Tunnel WiFi

Outdoor WiFi for Underground Coverage

EION Tunnel WiFi is an outdoor 802.11 WiFi hotspot designed for optimal coverage inside tunnels and underground locations. The innovative helical antenna signal pattern provides exceptional coverage through the tunnel without wasting power. Typically due to reflections in tunnels such as an underpass, campus tunnel or subway station, the wireless signal is attenuated. In EION Tunnel WiFi, the reflections in fact help propagation by strengthening the signal. Additionally the circular polarization of the integrated antenna means that end user devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets do not need to be ‘aimed’ at the Street WiFi access point.

Tunnel WiFi is ideal for deploying WiFi coverage to the following locations; underpasses, campus tunnels, mining, subway stations, elevator shafts, sewer systems or any confined spaces where traditional coverage models are inefficient or impractical.

The product is fully integrated for simple outdoor installation on a pole, wall or telephone pole or light standard. Tunnel WiFi variants are available in 2.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz or dual-band operation.


Network Management Systems

Constellation

The EION network management system, Constellation, provides full TMN architecture. The implementation is a three - tier architecture, based on SNMP v2, RMI, Java, JDBC and other open interfaces. This provides simple integration of Constellation into existing management and billing systems of the service providers or adaptation to the specific requirements of the environment.

3rd Party Tools

SNMP management is installed on a networked PC or workstation and enables a network administrator to remotely manage EION Wireless units. SNMP network management software is available commercially and as shareware.

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